Rode this from Shiprock to Route 264 then West on the 264 to 191 South.
I found the 491 to be in excellent condition with some upgrading still in progress.
For me this route is just too straight, windy, dusty and desolate and not much to see but 'the' Shiprock itself off in the distance.
There are fuel stops about the middle of the route and as you get closer to Gallup.
This is not a route you where want to have a breakdown or a flat.
I kept thinking of that as I am a dedicated solo rider.
Definitely a 6th gear route, if you have one, all most all of the way!
- LER (6/16/12)
Formerly Highway 666.
Good to excellent 2 lane paved highway for all riding skill levels.
Curves, twisties and sweepers.
Passes almost entirely through the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation in New Mexico and the Ute Mountain Indian reservation into Colorado.
Small towns between Gallup and Shiprock, NM with limited amenities.
No commercialization to block the breathtaking views of wind sculptured rock formations, mesas, hoodoos, high plateaus and desert mountain scenery.
Open the throttle, relax and enjoy the ride.
Gas and food is available in Shiprock, NM but no overnight accommodations.
Motels/camping are located in Farmington, NM or Cortez, Colorado.
Gas up in Shiprock if traveling to the Four Corners Monument, as gas stations are few and far between.
Beautiful country, stark and lonely with little traffic outside the built up areas.
- Dick Yates (1/19/09)